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Law, Reason, and Morality in Medieval Jewish PhilosophySadia Gaon, Bahya ibn Pakuda, and Moses Maimonides$
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Jonathan Jacobs

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199542833

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199542833.001.0001

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Moral Psychology, Revelation, and Virtue

Moral Psychology, Revelation, and Virtue

(p.76) 3 Moral Psychology, Revelation, and Virtue
Law, Reason, and Morality in Medieval Jewish Philosophy

Jonathan Jacobs (Contributor Webpage)

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Here we turn to some issues of moral psychology profoundly impacted by the conception of free will. In particular, the chapter discusses the nature and significance of repentance. This is vitally important to Jewish moral anthropology, the nature of community, and the relation between human beings and God. Repentance is connected with questions about the plasticity of character, the virtues, the epistemic accessibility of moral considerations, and self‐knowledge. It is a crucial topic of medieval Jewish philosophy because of how it involves human beings' abilities to revise their own dispositions and morally reorient themselves.

Keywords:   character, forgiveness, grace, gratitude, humility, law, pride, repentance, vice, virtue

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